Pet Dentistry in Denver
Dental health is one of the most important aspects of a pet’s health, but it’s also one of the most neglected. Pets obviously can’t brush their own teeth, so it’s up to their owners to maintain their oral health for them. To keep your dog’s or cat’s mouth healthy, Denver’s Northfield Veterinary Hospital recommends that he or she have a wellness exam at least once a year. This allows us to check the teeth and gums for any early signs of gum disease. If we detect any of these signs, we can schedule an appointment for a full pet dental exam and cleaning.
Our comprehensive pet dental services are performed under general anesthesia in our state-of-the-art dental suite, which is equipped with modern monitoring equipment. We use only the latest tools and techniques to ensure that your four-legged friend is as safe and comfortable as possible.
About Your Pet’s Dental Visit
Each pet’s dental procedure is preceded by a pre-anesthetic physical exam and blood work, which enables us to check for any underlying health issues. Once your pet is admitted into our dental suite, we follow a nine-step process, which is detailed below.
- An IV catheter is placed
- Pain medications, fluids, and anesthesia are administered through IV catheter
- Plaque and tartar are removed from the teeth using an ultrasonic scaler
- Digital dental X-rays are taken
- Teeth are polished
- Bonded sealants are placed, if necessary
- Complete dental charting is performed
- One or more teeth are extracted, if necessary
- Dental treatment is administered
What to Expect After Your Pet’s Dental Cleaning
When your pet’s dental treatment is complete, we discontinue the anesthesia until your pet is fully awake and move him or her to a recovery area, where we continue to monitor him or her. We then contact you with an update and to let you know that your pet is ready to be picked up. Before we release your companion back to your care, we provide you with instructions for at-home care to aid in your pet’s recovery as well as our recommendations for at-home dental care throughout the year. We can also provide you with pain medications and antibiotics, if necessary.
Common Symptoms of Dental Disease in Pets
At Northfield Veterinary Hospital, our goal is to help prevent pets’ dental problems, especially dental disease, which can eventually affect the heart, liver, and kidneys if allowed to progress. If you’re unsure if your pet needs a dental cleaning, there are several symptoms (many of which indicate early signs of gum disease) that you can look for, including:
- Bad breath
- Abnormal drooling
- Excessive dropping of food
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Bumps in the mouth
If you’ve noticed any of these signs in your pet, or if you have any questions about our pet dental services in Denver, give us a call at 720-503-9559.